EDPO 500: Inquiry-Based Learning – Engaging Students


EDPO 500:  Inquiry-Based Learning – Engaging Students

Dr. Jennifer Page

Common Core Standards                   21st Century Skills                  Assessment

Student Centered Learning                  Backward Design

Motivational Design             Constructivist Teaching              Essential Questions

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Teachers face a constant struggle between the amount of content they are required to teach and the increasing demand for more student-centered learning methods.  Many teachers are left frustrated with these changes because they have not been taught what inquiry is or what to do with it and yet they are expected to use it to produce demonstrable learning gains in their students.  What little is learned or heard about inquiry often indicates that it takes more time… time that teachers just do not have.

The goal of this class is to demystify and simplify the process of inquiry-based education while helping you incorporate inquiry into your existing lessons.  We will explore the different levels of inquiry and focus on how to use inquiry to engage students in the learning process itself.  Even though much of the hype surrounding inquiry-based education has focused on science education, it is widely applicable to all disciplines and all levels and this course is appropriate for any teacher looking to implement inquiry education in their classroom.



Small, Arnone, Stripling, and Berger.  October 31, 2011. Teaching for Inquiry: Engaging the Learner Within.  Neil-Schuman Publishers, New York. 175 pgs.  To purchase please visit Amazon.com.



Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

✴    Demonstrate factual, conceptual, procedural, and metacognative knowledge of inquiry-based education.

✴    Apply understanding of inquiry based education to modify existing lesson plans.

✴    Design learning experiences that incorporate standards-based content knowledge using inquiry methods.

✴    Implement formative and summative assessment strategies to gauge the effectiveness of inquiry lessons.